Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) ©WikiC
Logan, Morgan, and Their Historical Nest ~ by Emma Foster
It was 1769 when a distinguished man came to a small plain with a few trees on a mountain and began building a house. In one of the trees, two bluebirds watched as the man oversaw the building of his house. This house was big and built with stone masons who were people who built and cut stone.
The house had white stone pillars and large stone steps in front of a long backyard. Farther down the hill was the plantation where the slaves worked.
The house would not be competed for a long time, and while it was being built, Logan and Morgan decided they would build their nest just like the house was being built.
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Eggs ©WikiC
Logan and Morgan started looking for long, thick sticks to stack together. They started building their nest in one of the trees near the slave’s kitchen. However, this was difficult because of how hard it was to keep the sticks standing straight up in the branches. Logan and Morgan took turns holding the sticks with their beaks while the other looked for more sticks.
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) by S Slayton
Eventually, Logan and Morgan finally completed their nest. It wasn’t as grand as the house that was still being built, but the two bluebirds decided that the nest was perfect.
They raised their children in that nest and their children raised their children, until long after the house, called Monticello, was completed.
Montecello. House of Thomas Jefferson
Eventually the distinguished man who had built the house died, but Logan and Morgan’s children and grandchildren still lived there. And every year hundreds of people would come to take a tour of that house because it belonged to one of the Presidents of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Of course, Logan and Morgan never knew that fact.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Matthew 13:31-32 KJV)
Emma has now produced her first historical birdwatching tale. Thanks, Emma. Our young writer just turned 16 recently and has grown quite tall (5’11”) like her parents. We used to compare heights when she was shorter than me (4’10”), but now I have to look up at her. Not only has her height increased, but also her writing ability.
As a side note, her family visited Monticello this summer and actually watched some Eastern Bluebirds for some time in the trees there.
Other stories by Emma Foster
Eastern Bluebird – Wikipedia